About halfway through “Deathcamp,” the lead track on Tyler, the Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb,
the dense, hard-charging music takes a breather so the controversial
California-bred rapper can declare, “I don’t like to follow the
rules/And that’s just who I am/I hope you understand.” No doubt many don’t understand, which
seems to suit Tyler just fine
Ryan Adams seemed well on his way to
reclaiming his former glory, releasing one fairly straight-forward,
mostly solid album this year (instead of eight random ones) and not
being such a pissy little brat all the time. Early interviews for the
new album seemed to suggest a new sense of self-awareness and a regret
over his past rude, baffling statements and actions.
Music Tonight: This weekend is loaded with quality musical events. You can start things off tonight at the Southgate House as local singer/songwriter Jason Ludwig hosts a "two-fer" release(s) party, joined by special guests The Newbees and Sassy Molasses. From the previews on his Bandcamp site (listen — then purchase the records for just $5 — here), both Lost In Love and Tanglings are phenomenal offerings. It's almost unfair that Ludwig — formerly leader of the Rock group Noctaluca — was able to produce two full-lengths as good as these (most people would die for one in a lifetime). The title track from Lost In Love is available as a free download on the Bandcamp site (the Tanglings' track "Bunkum" is also a freebie), but below is Ludwig doing an impromptu living-room performance of the track on piano. What a voice! And the songwriting and production on the new albums are equally enthralling, as Ludwig gravitates towards a more mature and melodic sound. Tonight's show kicks off at 9 p.m. and admission is $12. Those in attendance will receive a voucher for one of the free albums (and a discount coupon for the other). Click here to read C.A. MacConnell's recent interview with Ludwig for CityBeat.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All — also known as OFWGKTA
or, more simply, Odd Future — has increased its profile greatly over
the past year. But the Hip Hop ensemble still remains one of those
musical entities that way more people have heard of, but not actually heard.